Azeris in United States

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Introduction / History

While the origins of the Azerbaijani, (also known as the Azeri), are unclear, we do know that they have been subjected to numerous invasions throughout their history. They were first conquered by the Persians in the sixth century B.C. Islam was introduced into the area during the seventh century A.D. and has been practiced there ever since. By the eleventh century, Persian influence was overpowered by Turkic influence. Eventually, during the thirteenth century, this region of Asia fell under the dominion of Genghis Khan. These numerous invasions, combined with the tribal nature of the people, caused the Azeris to spread throughout Central Asia. Significant Azeri communities can be found in Russia, Ukraine, Iran, and Iraq. There is a very small number of Azeris in the United States as well.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The first Azeri to immigrate to the US arrived in 1912. Though Azeris are still a small minority by American standards, the bulk of their immigration happened in the middle of the 20th century. They are scattered throughout various parts of the US and live in such diverse states as California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Washington DC. Because they live in various parts of the country, they have a special need for their own cultural and political organizations to maintain their ties to one another. The Azerbaijani Society of America, established in 1957, is the first Azerbaijani-American community organization. The US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce was established in 1995 to aid long term business ties between the US and Azerbaijan. Ironically, most Azeris in the US are from Iran, not Azerbaijan.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Azeris are primarily Shia Muslims, but there are a number of Sunni Muslims as well. Islam among the Azeris is a reflection of the historical ties that exist between Azerbaijan and Iran. Until the twentieth century, most Azeri identified themselves as Muslims rather than Azerbaijani or Turks. They believe that being a "spiritual community of Islam" was much more important than being a nation.

What Are Their Needs?

The Azeris in the United States need to find their way to the only Savior, the one who paid for their sins on the cross and rose from the grave to have victory over death and Satan.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Azerbaijani in United States.

Pray for Holy Spirit driven Christ bearers to go to the Azeris in the US. Ask the Lord to raise up a strong church planting movement among the Azerbaijanis in the US. Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Azeris that will lead them to the cross and the empty tomb.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-05
People Name General Azerbaijani
People Name in Country Azerbaijani
Natural Name Azeris
Population this Country 57,000
Population all Countries 9,949,000
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Azerbaijan; Azeri Turk; Turkmen
People ID 10528
ROP3 Code 100675
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (57,000 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Azerbaijani, North (57,000 speakers)
Language Code azj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Azerbaijani, North

Primary Language:  Azerbaijani, North

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1842-1891)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2004)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1891-2009)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, North
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.60 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
84.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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